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Makinde Is Our Leader, Fayose Declares

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Following weeks of muscle-flexing and war of words over who takes the party’s mantle of leadership in the South-West, now the disagreement between Ekiti State former governor, Ayodele Fayose and Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde seemed to be permanently quenched on Monday as Fayose declared his submission to the leadership of the Makinde.

On Monday, Fayose speaking at the Wocdiff Centre, Osogbo, venue of the Zonal Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party, acknowledged, “the governor of Oyo State, governor Seyi Makinde, my brother, my friend and by the grace of God, our leader.”

Fayose also apologized to members of the party not in his faction for all they have all gone through over the years as he said “nothing last forever, if I offend anybody, I apologize,”.

He added “I and Seyi Makinde are one from the beginning.”

Both men forced PDP national secretariat to move the venue of the congress from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to Osun State capital, Osogbo.  While Makinde preferred Lagos, Fayose wanted Ogun State.

Makinde in his remarks at the congress, stressed that “this is a family affair. It is an attempt to reposition our party in the South-west region.

“It has ramifications for our party nationally. Whatever the outcome is, we will take it in the spirit of a family contest. We don’t want to defeat ourselves; we want to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“At the end of this exercise, there will be no victor, no vanquish. As the only governor of the party in the zone, whoever emerges, I will work with them to reposition the party. I thank you for the peaceful conduct.”

Makinde and Fayose are contending the leadership of their party, Peoples Democratic Party, in the south-west.

The PDP screening committee had cleared 33 names to vie for elective posts in the congress.

 

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Twitter Bows To Nigerian Govt, Agrees To Open Office In Nigeria

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Just as the Nigerian has promised to lift the suspension on Twitter operations in Nigeria, the Federal Government has on Wednesday said that the micro blogging patform has agreed to open its office in Nigeria in 2022.

Disclosing this, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed told State House correspondents at the end of the virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC explaining that the federal government’s engagement with Twitter has been extremely positive without any acrimony.

Mohammed said “We have made it clear what we want from Twitter. The end for amicable resolution is very much in sight.

According to Daily Post, the minister added ‘We appreciate the patience of Nigerians. I want to assure you that we have made very tremendous progress. We have met with Twitter both physically and in writing. We are actually almost there.

He said Twitter have shown a lot of flexibility and has agreed to open office in the country in 2022.

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Reps Oppose FG’s Plan To Allow Firemen Bear Arms

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The house of representatives has also opposed the plan to allow fire fighters to carry arms. The lawmakers say the Federal Fire Service is a civil outfit and not a security agency, and does not require arms to carry out its duties.

They say some mob attacks on firefighters are usually caused by frustration on the part of victims when firefighters arrive late and are ill-prepared to avert emergencies.

The house believes instead of creating an arms squad of the Federal Fire Service, adequate resources should be channeled into improving the service delivery of the federal fire service, including the provision of fire hydrants in every local government area and updating the global positioning system service of the federal fire service to locate emergency scenes swiftly.

The members say they are worried that equipping the Federal Fire Service with arms would add to the growing concerns about the reckless use of arms by the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.

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Lawmakers Suspend Media Regulation Debate Amid Uproar

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Nigerian lawmakers have suspended deliberations on new laws to regulate the media. The sponsor of the controversial Nigeria Press Council (NPC) and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) amendment bills, Segun Odebunmi, who is also the chairman of the house committee on information, national orientation, ethics and values, said the reprieve would avail the lawmakers time for proper consultations over the bill , and so, on Tuesday  the house has agreed to suspend the bills.

The bills have been resisted by Nigerians, including a media solidarity on Monday calling for the bills to be thrown out. Media groups called it draconian and what they call an extension of the existing censorship on broadcast stations, but the lawmakers said it was aimed at oiling the machineries of the press for optimum performance.

Ran with the caption ‘information blackout,’ on the front page of many national dailies of Monday and Tuesday as well as television chyron and lead graphics on online media.

“it’s not just against the media,” the advertorial read. “it is about society’s right to know, your right to be heard.”

The groups saw the bills as an extension of the existing censorship on broadcast stations, which are often ordered to stop airing programmes the government feels displeased with and slammed with heavy fines at will when there is an alleged breach.

On one hand, the Nigeria Press Council (NPC) empowers the president to appoint the chairman of the board of the council as well as other members of the board upon the recommendation of the information minister.

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